There are so many things to do in Cape Town. The city is a veritable potpourri of cultures that come together to make this a vibrant city. The city offers a bouquet of options that range from classical music, theatre and art to adrenaline-pumping adventures like bungee jumping and extreme water sports.
Here are some things to do in Cape Town that define the essence of this wonderful destination.
Formerly known as the “Malay Quarter”, the brightly-coloured Bo Kaap neighbourhood in Cape Town came into being in the 16th and 17th century. Predominantly a Muslim neighbourhood, the bright colours owe their vividness to the Eid celebrations in the quarters. Even today, the houses are jam-packed like colourful candy in a bag.
“Distrik Ses” or District Six was once a multi-cultural Bohemian neighbourhood made up of working-class people, from Jews to Christians and Muslims. Cleared out during the apartheid, the District Six Museum’s rotating exhibit chronicles the life in the quarter.
The Macassar Dunes Reserve is an unusual sight, one that you will probably never see anywhere else in the world. It is said to be a core conservation site of ‘Strandveld’ – dense, bushy shrubs and thickets that support an ecology rich in variety of plants and animals. Here you will also find the last remaining forest of endangered white milkwood trees. A visit here is certainly one of the recommended things to do in Cape Town. So, put it on your list of Cape Town sightseeing.
You’ll find the Seal Island to be one of the more interesting Cape Town tourist attractions. Just off the coast of Cape Town in the False Bay, this spot is a thriving colony of seals. But it also is known as the Ring of Death. A couple of times a year, Great White Sharks come here and make a meal of the seals who have drifted too far off in the waters. Watching this cycle of life and death from up and close is one of the most fascinating things to do in Cape Town.
At Cape Town’s Waterfront, visit Out of This World for great mementos to take back home. If you want souvenirs and gifts at more pocket-friendly prices, visit Watershed near the Two Oceans Aquarium. You will find over 150 stores selling local fashion, beads, textiles and homeware along with touristy souvenirs. A visit here is definitely one of the more fun things to do in Cape Town.
The culinary experience in Cape Town is a roller coaster of flavours. With a very distinct multicultural vibe, the different hues have seeped into the cuisine here. Mama Africa is recommended for local food. It has music and a great atmosphere and is overall a great place to see in Cape Town. For coffee, croissants and more, head to Giovanni’s – a much loved Cape Town institution that serves great Italian cuisine.